This easy Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe makes a bundt cake that is incredibly moist and rich, with a subtle tanginess that perfectly balances the sweetness of the cake! Serve this cake with fresh berries and whipped cream for a decadent treat that's perfect for any occasion!

An image of a cream cheese pound cake on a white cake stand with fresh fruit.


Table of Contents
  1. What You'll Need
  2. How to Make This Recipe
  3. Recipe FAQ's
  4. Tips for Success
  5. ​How do I serve Cream Cheese Pound Cake?
  6. Substitutions and Variations
  7. More Amazing Cake Recipes
  8. Moist Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe Recipe

I love and adore a good, moist slice of cream cheese pound cake. It's buttery and rich with a dense, tight crumb that is just perfect paired with some macerated strawberries or other fresh fruit and some homemade whipped cream. Or drizzle my raspberry coulis sauce over it to be extra fancy.

Pound cake is a traditional, iconic dessert that is actually really simple to make, but too often folks settle for the frozen pound cake from the freezer section of the grocery store. No shade there, I've done the same thing myself in a pinch for things like trifles.

But a homemade pound cake that has been made from scratch is a thing of beauty and truly a dessert worth serving to guests. I have another sour cream pound cake that is similar, but I think this cream cheese version is my favorite because the crumb is just a little tighter and the flavor is just a little richer and more complex thanks to the cream cheese.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake is surprisingly easy to make, with simple ingredients and just a few simple steps. It's one of my favorite recipes for potlucks, as I can bring berries and cream to serve on the side so people can pile on as much as they want.

For more easy potluck cake recipes, check out my Chocolate Texas Sheet CakeLemon Earthquake Cake, or my Pineapple Upside Down Cake!

If you love bundt cakes, you'll love my Lemon Bundt CakeChocolate Bundt CakePumpkin Bundt Cake, and this Kentucky Butter Cake!

What You'll Need

Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Butter - Use salted butter to add moisture, bind ingredients, and also enhance the flavors.
  • Cream Cheese - I like using full-fat cream cheese for the best flavor and texture.
  • Sugar - White granulated sugar adds the sweetness you need to balance out the sour flavor of the cream cheese.
  • Salt & Baking Powder - Enhances all the flavors of this cake and helps the cake rise.
  • Vanilla Extract - Adds a subtle sweetness to the cake that pairs well with almost any topping. Use my Homemade Vanilla Extract for the best flavor!
  • Eggs - Adds richness and binds ingredients to get a moist crumb.
  • Flour - I have found that cake flour has the best results with this cake.
Ingredients for cream cheese pound cake.

How to Make This Recipe

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and cream cheese on high speed for 2–3 minutes with the whisk or paddle attachment until creamy and smooth.
  2. Scrape the bowl. Stop to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to ensure they are evenly mixed.
  1. Add sugar. Gradually add the sugar while the mixer is running and continue to beat the mixture until it is light, fluffy, and pale, about another 1-2 minutes on high speed.
  2. Add vanilla. Mix in the vanilla extract, then scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl again.
  1. Add in eggs. Crack the eggs into the mixture one at a time.
  2. Mix together. Mix on low speed, just until combined.
  1. Add dry ingredients. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix on medium speed just until combined. The batter will be very thick.
  2. Pour batter into pan, bake, cool, and serve. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and rap the pan against the counter a couple of times to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 75–95 minutes in the preheated oven until a skewer comes out completely clean when inserted into the thickest part of the poundcake. Loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil halfway through baking to prevent the top from browning too much.
  1. Cool on a rack. Cool for 2 hours in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Slice and serve. Slice and serve with homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Recipe FAQ's

Why is it called Pound Cake?

Classic pound cake is a Southern dessert cake that originated in the 1700's. The name comes from the traditional pound cake recipe that uses 1 pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. This cream cheese pound cake is an adaptation of the original recipe that adds moisture and richness that we love!

Can I make pound cake in a loaf pan?

Yes! You can use this recipe to make 2 cake loaves in loaf pans instead of a bundt cake pan. Simply bake in two 8½x4½-inch or 9x5-inch loaf pans for 60-75 minutes.

Tips for Success

  • Spraying a 10-12 cup bundt pan with baking spray that has flour in it, or brushing the pan with softened butter using a pastry brush and dusting with flour will help remove the cake from the pan when ready.
  • Ideally, you should let the eggs, butter, and cream cheese sit out on the counter for an hour prior to making the cake. Using room temperature ingredients will make mixing them easier, and also improve the texture of the pound cake.
  • If you don't have a stand mixer, you can use a large bowl and a handheld electric mixer for the same effect.

​How do I serve Cream Cheese Pound Cake?

There are lots of great ideas for how to serve cream cheese pound cake.

I love serving this cake with fresh strawberries, and other fresh berries like blueberries and blackberries, but raspberries and even citrus fruits like oranges would work well too. Add a dusting of powdered sugar on top before serving for a subtle but sweet finish.

To add some decadence, I top the cake slices with Homemade Whipped Cream, but you could also try my Chocolate Whipped Cream for more flavor, or even my Raspberry Sauce for more berry flavor or Easy Homemade Lemon Curd for a citrus twist (so good)!

Once cooled, you can top your cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, or Lemon Buttercream Frosting, or drizzle on a simple icing made with powdered sugar and water.

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can use regular all-purpose flour instead of cake flour, but the texture won't be quite as nice. You can also use a homemade cake flour substitute using a combination of 6 Tablespoons of cornstarch and 330 grams of all-purpose flour.
  • Add some fresh lemon juice, a little lemon zest, or a different extract to change the flavor of this cake.

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Moist Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe

4.97 from 58 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
This Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe makes a bundt cake that is incredibly moist and rich, with a subtle tanginess that perfectly balances the sweetness of the cake! Serve this cake with fresh berries and whipped cream for a decadent treat that's perfect for any occasion!

Ingredients
  

  • cups salted butter, room temperature (345g)
  • 8 ounces full-fat cream cheese, room temperature (226g)
  • 3 cups granulated sugar (600g)
  • teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups cake flour (354g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a 10-12 cup bundt pan with baking spray that has flour in it, or brush the pan with softened butter using a pastry brush and dust with flour.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and cream cheese on high speed for 2–3 minutes with the whisk or paddle attachment until creamy and smooth. Stop to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to ensure they are evenly mixed.
  • Gradually add the sugar while the mixer is running and continue to beat the mixture until it is light, fluffy, and pale, about another 1-2 minutes on high speed. Mix in vanilla, then scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl again.
  • Add the eggs one at a time on low speed, mixing just until combined.
  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix on medium speed just until combined. The batter will be very thick.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and rap the pan against the counter a couple of times to remove any air bubbles.
  • Bake for 75–95 minutes in the preheated oven until a skewer comes out completely clean when inserted into the thickest part of the poundcake.
  • Loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil halfway through baking to prevent the top from browning too much.
  • Cool for 2 hours in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Slice and serve with homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Notes

  • Loaf pans: You can use this recipe to make 2 cake loaves in loaf pans instead of a bundt cake pan. Bake in two 8½x4½-inch or 9x5-inch loaf pans for 60-75 minutes.
  • Cake flour substitute: You can use regular all-purpose flour instead of cake flour, but the texture won't be quite as nice. You can also use a combination of 6 Tablespoons of cornstarch and 330 grams of all-purpose flour.
Storage
  • Store: This cake will keep fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or on the counter for up to 2 days. Store in an airtight container 
  • Freeze: Wrap individual slices of pound cake in plastic wrap, then store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 3 months and thaw on the counter for a few hours before enjoying.

Nutrition

Calories: 608kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 1082IU | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing your recipe. Going to make it soon! Was wondering if I could add fresh lemon juice to the mix?

  2. OMG!!! I just baked and it is deliciousssss!!!!!!! My Mum even had a second slice and believe me she is not worrying about calories right now 😂 Thank u for sharing this recipe 💜

  3. 5 stars
    Your pound cake is so pretty in the bundt pan. I loved the added fruit. Made for a very simple dessert that was buttery smooth and tasted great. Thanks for all the recipe tips too.

    1. 5 stars
      Outstanding! Absolutely loved by all neighbors, friends, and family. I am 70 and have been baking for many years. The recipe is simple with easy to follow directions. This is my go to pound cake. Thank you. Amy.

  4. 5 stars
    This was yummy. I added a chocolate icing drizzle over the top. We served it as a birthday cake with candles! Perfect.

  5. 5 stars
    A friend requested a pound cake for her birthday and I found your recipe. Absolutely scrumptious. Thanks for another great recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    I couldn't believe how moist and tender this cake was. It sure doesn't need a thing to improve it. We served it with a few fresh berries and everyone loved it.

  7. 3 stars
    If you like, as I do that crusty crunchy exterior of a pound cake don't make this one. It is moist as advertised but you give up the crunchy exterior of a cream cheesles cake. Also the cake flour was an issue for me. Keep it simple stupid!!

  8. In your "Tips for Success" section you wrote "Ideally, you should let the eggs, butter, cream cheese, and milk sit out on the counter for an hour prior to making the cake. Using room temperature ingredients will make mixing them easier, and also improve the texture of the pound cake."

    Where is the "milk" in the recipe?

  9. I would like to bake this in mini bundt pans. Do you happen to know what adjustments will need to be made to the temperature and baking time?
    Thanks!

    1. There is a "jump to recipe" button at the top of the post. If you click it, that will take you straight to the recipe card with all of the ingredient amounts you need!

  10. 5 stars
    I made this pound cake and it was so good! Very moist and delicious.
    This was the first time I ever made a Homemade Pound cake. I love the recipe. I will make it again

  11. 5 stars
    Omg it’s amazing flavor and texture…. It’s so moist and fluffy! I love this one can’t wait to share at work!

  12. I never leave a comment but this recipe is definitely worth it! I've been making pound cakes for years but I've never made one like this before! This is THE BEST pound cake ever! It is rich in flavor and it so moist. Thank you so much for sharing! I'm a cake rock star now! I give this cake 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  13. It says bake 75-95 mins,I put in oven at 1:50 it is now 3:23 still not done.does keeping it in pan for 2hrs allows it to finish cooking

    1. Yes the frustrating thing with baking sometimes is everyone's oven bakes differently! Sometimes it will take the full 95 minutes. Another thing you can do is get an oven thermometer (they're fairly inexpensive) and truly test the temperature of your oven. Results can sometimes be surprising!